Willow (1988)

The Super Serious Film Fest: Fantasy reaches it’s thrilling conclusion with a look at 1998’s Willow. The brain child of one George Lucas, directed by protege Ron Howard, and starring the delightful Warwick Davis, Willow still struggles to this day to find an audience. It suffers from simultaneously being curiously dark for a family film, but far too simple, uncomplicated, and broad to hold much interest for adults. While it boasted some cutting edge special effects for our day, the best one might be the baby Elora herself, played by a suite of infants. It shouldn’t be possible for a baby to be this winsome and charming, but there it is.

Excalibur (1981)

Excalibur is one of the most ambitious tellings of the legend of King Arthur. It’s chock full of knights, castles, and excellent actors. Today we find out if Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir (?… probably) Liam Neeson, among others, can do enough heavy lifting to hold Excalibur on high or if it will be an…

DragonHeart (1996)

OMG! It’s a movie with Sean Connery, David Thewlis, and DRAGONS? What could be better? I’ll tell you what… A movie without Dennis Quaid. ANY movie without Dennis Quaid. Especially a movie without Dennis Quaid sporting a dime-store wig and an accent to match. But here we are. We’ve seen the movie and we have thoughts.

Reign of Fire (2002)

The next installment of Super Serious Film Fest: Fantasy features Reign of Fire, a movie so-close-to-sort-of-kind-of-good that it lands squarely into the realm of “cheesy fun.” Aside from Game of Thrones, no film or series has done more to advance the art of CGI dragons as Reign, and no other film even comes close in the coveted shirtless McConaughey vs. Bale category. If you look carefully, you may see an extremely young King Joffrey hiding out among the other plucky young heroes. Please enjoy our podcast, and if you’re a Club Member, be sure to check out our LiveWatch!

Premium

Reign of Fire (2002) – LIVEWATCH

A.Ron and Jim investigate the documentary Reign of Fire, which chronicles what happens when greedy early-21st century dragon tycoons delved too greedily and too deep for dragons in the very bowels of London. Nothing good, that’s what! Come sync up the film and watch with us or put on our commentary track for background laughs. They’re no wrong way to do a LiveWatch!

Premium

Army of Darkness (1992)

The Super Serious Film Fest: Fantasy continues with a rather unconventional choice, Army of Darkness. You’ve got castles, swords, armor, dark magic, sure, but the lead character is a 20th century man dual-wielding a shotgun and chainsaw.  Nevertheless, The Evil Dead trilogy are movies close to our nostalgic hearts, and are highly influential in Hollywood.…